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Lengthy sentence in hit-and-run that severely injured couple

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of running over a couple outside a grocery store in Racine County and then fleeing has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Degroot was out on bail following a shooting and after driving a stolen car that struck Jeff and Cheryl Coopman outside Festival Foods in Mount Pleasant last January. The couple suffered severe injuries. Cheryl Coopman lost an arm and a leg. Jeff Coopman suffered broken bones and lost a leg.

Coppman told Judge Mark Nielsen during Degroot’s sentencing hearing on Monday about the physical, financial and emotional toll the crash had taken on him and his wife. Degroot told the court that the Coopmans never deserved to be part of his horrible decisions.

Nielsen sentenced Degroot to 36½ years in prison and 26 years of probation.

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